Wright Brothers

Hawthorn Hill
courtesy of Dayton History

On Thursday, the Dayton Foundation and the Wright Family Foundation announced that ownership of Hawthorn Hill is transferring to Dayton History.

Hawthorn Hill was designed by the Wright Brothers, but Wilbur Wright died before construction began. After Orville Wright's death in 1948, the site was purchased by the NCR Corporation who later donated it to the Wright Family Foundation.

Connecticut now officially recognizes a local aviator as the first man to fly.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Wednesday that he signed into law a measure insisting that German-born aviator and Bridgeport resident Gustave Whitehead flew in 1901, two years before Wilbur and Orville Wright lifted off from Kitty Hawk, N.C.

Whitehead's supporters say they're correcting a historical mistake. Supporters of the Wright brothers, including the Smithsonian Institution that houses the brothers' historic plane, say Whitehead partisans are wrong.

Connecticut's legislature has jumped into an argument over who was the first aviator to fly.

Legislation waiting for a decision by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says Gustave Whitehead, a German immigrant who lived in Bridgeport, flew the first plane in 1901. That would be two years before the Wright brothers took off from Kitty Hawk, N.C.

Republican State Rep. Larry Miller of Stratford spearheaded the legislation. He says not crediting Whitehead has been a mistake that's now being corrected.

Dan Patterson

Aviation commentator Dan Patterson has a different kind of story this week, not about a famous date in history - but instead about the connection between flight and time. You can always spot a pilot, he says,  by his or her outsized wristwatch. It's a relationship that goes back to the earliest flights.

WYSO

Today the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patt will open the doors to its newly renovated 400-seat, giant-screen theatre.  The overhaul cost about $800,000 dollars and this weekend the venue will host the Reel Stuff Film Festival of Aviation. Among the diverse lineup of flight-related films, a new film about the Wright Brothers. 

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for March 31, 2013 including the following stories:

-Jerry Kenney wraps up the week's news with the latest on how furloughs will affect Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the latest studies on how Ohio's medical claims costs may change.

-Next Steps for Miami U After Grade Tampering, by Jerry Kenney

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for March 24, 2013 including the following stories:

-Jerry Kenney reports on the impending unpaid furlough days for civilian employees of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

-Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports on Governor John Kasich's stance on gay marriage.

Dan Patterson

A newly discovered photograph calling into question the Wright Brothers claim to the “first in flight” title has created controversy this week between aviation experts. Some historians say German Immigrant Gustave Whitehead deserves the distinction. Dayton aviation photographer and historian Dan Patterson is WYSO’s aviation commentator. He discussed the issue in an interview with Emily McCord.

Jerry Kenney

A newly discovered photograph calling into question the Wright Brothers claim to the “first in flight” title continues to draw reaction from aviation experts. Some historians say German Immigrant Gustave Whitehead deserves the distinction.  The photograph in question is actually a photograph within a photograph. Amateur historian John Brown found it in an attic in Germany.

A newly discovered photograph has sparked controversy over whether or not the Wright Brothers were really the first in flight. Some historians are saying that German Immigrant named Gustave Whitehead deserves that distinction but as Emily McCord reports for WYSO, despite the new discovery, the debate has been going on for years.

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